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Solar Decathlon 2013: A Path to a Brighter Future

SOLAR DECATHLON 2013: PATH TO A BRIGHTER FUTURE The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon challenges collegiate teams to design, build and operate solar-powered houses that are cost effective, energy efficient and attractive. WHERE IN THE WORLD ARE THEY? This year, collegiate teams comprised of students from more than 25 universities across the globe are competing in the Solar Decathlon. The map below shows where the teams built their houses. | MIDDLEBURY, VT Middlebury College LAS VEGAS, NV University of Nevada Las Vegas MORGANTOWN, WV West Virginia University |NORWICH, VT Norwich University SANTA CLARA, CA Santa Clara University | НОВОКEN, NJ Stevens Institute | of Technology U.S. TEAMS PALO ALTO, CA Stanford University WASHINGTON, DC The Catholic University of America, George Washington University & American University LOS ANGELES, CA Southern California Institute of Architecture & California Institute of Technology LOS ANGELES, CA University of Southern California CHARLOTTE, NC The University of North Carolina at Charlotte PHOENIX, AZ Arizona State University & The University of New Mexico EL PASO, TX The University of Texas at El Paso & El Paso Community College ROLLA, MO Missouri University of Science and Technology LOUISVILLE, KY University of Louisville, Ball State University & University of Kentucky INTERNATIONAL TEAMS CALGARY, ALBERTA, CANADA University of Calgary VIENNA, AUSTRIA Vienna University of Technology OTTAWA, ONTARIO, CANADA Queen's University, Carleton University, & Algonquin College PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC Czech Technical University FROM IDEA TO REALITY: WHAT IT TAKES Applications are evaluated by a panel of engineers, scientists and building experts JAN. 25, 2012 JULY 22, 2011 - NOVEMBER 10, 2011 Energy Department announces the teams selected to compete Applications open for Solar Decathlon 2013 FUNDRAISING AUGUST 16, 2012 Teams are responsible for fundraising the money needed to compete, which includes the cost of tran sporting the team and their houses to the competition site Create team BEGIN DESIGN BEGIN website PROCESS CONSTRUCTION Develop construction drawings and project manual SEPT. 23, 2013: Begin reassembling houses on Transport houses to competition competition site Test houses' site in California energy production and use ост. 3, 2013: Solar Decathlon opens! Teams compete in 10 contests over two weeks OCTOBER 14, 2013 OCTOBER 12, 2013 Disassemble houses and transport to post-competition Solar Decathlon 2013 winner is crowned! sites FINISH MEET THE SOLAR DECATHLON 2013 TEAMS KENTUCKYZINDIANA: ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY CZECH REPUBLIC: CZECH UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE, & THE UNIVERSITY OF TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY BALL STATE UNIVERSITY & NEW MEXICO UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY The team created SHADE -- an adaptable, self-sustaining house designed for the typical southwestern suburbia. The team's AIR House is designed as a prototype for an affordable, innovative and recyclable house of the future. Inspired by a tornado that devastated a small town in Indiana, the team built a low-cost, solar-powered house that can easily be deployed after a disaster. Innovative feature: The AIR House is made almost entirely of wood, including the load-bearing structure and the thermal insulation, facade, finishing, and furniture. Innovative feature: Multiple patios to extend the living space of the home. Innovative feature: A safe room to protect the house's occupants during natural disasters. MISSOURI UNIVERSITY OF MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE NORWICH UNIVERSITY SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY Using the team's hometown of Middlebury, Vermont, as inspiration, the InSite house is based on five key points -- including living in a walkable community, prioritizing social space and using local materials -- to create more sustainable lifestyles. The team designed the Chameleon House - a house that adapts to its environment and the needs of its occupants. Norwich University built the Delta T-90 House, a house that remains comfortable and efficient throughout the year. Innovative feature: The Chameleon Home Automation System, a student-designed system that controls the house while using less power than similar technologies. Innovative feature: Thick, 16-inch walls with deep-set windows minimize heat loss even on Vermont's coldest days. Innovative feature: The Solar Path, a walkway under the free-standing solar panels. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTURE & CALTECH SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY STANFORD UNIVERSITY Santa Clara University built Radiant House, a house that uses highly efficient materials and technologies to make sustainable living affordable. Southern California Institute of Architecture and California Institute of Technology worked together on a house that embraces the warm climate and outdoor lifestyle of Southern California. Stanford University's Start.Home provides energy efficiency at the push of a button to a new generation of environmentally conscious homeowners. Innovative feature: A charging station is located at the front of the house to allow homeowners to recharge their electric vehicle with extra power from their solar array. Innovative feature: The mechanical room Innovative feature: The house runs on contains all of the house's mechanical, electrical and plumbing equipment. rails, opening two modules to create outdoor living space. TEAM AUSTRIA: VIENNA STEVENS INSTITUTE OF TEAM ALBERTA: UNIVERSITY UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOL OGY OF CALGARY TECHNOLOGY Stevens Institute of Technology built Echohabit to redefine the relationship between a home and its occupants. Students from the University of Calgary worked on Borealis -- a house thatis integrated into the local ecosystem and easily transportable. As Team Austria, students from the Vienna University of Technology built LISI, a simple, smart and sustainable house, Innovative feature: A multifunctional subfloor system regulates the entire building's indoor climate using water, air and active cubic capacity. Innovative feature: A green roof and wall reduces rainwater runoff. Innovative feature: Energy recovery system stores waste heat to use for dehumidification and heating. TEAM CAPITOL DC: TEAM ONTARIO: THE CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY, UNIVERSITY OF OF AMERICA, GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY & CARLETON UNIVERSITY & NEVADA LAS VEGAS ALGONQUIN COLLEGE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY Called HARVEST HOME, Team Capitol DC's house is inspired by nature and will produce energy from the environment and replenish what it uses. The team's ECHO house provides a connection to the great Canadian outdoors without sacrificing private spaces. Students from the University of Nevada Las Vegas developed a self-sufficient house that responds to the unique environment of the Mojave Desert and adapts to the changing needs of a modern family. dictive shading Ap system that uses daily weather forecasts to determine the optimal shading placement on the southern glazing. ovative Innovative feature: HARVEST HOME uses reused or reclaimed materials to reduce the house's environmental impact. Innovative feature: An energy recovery ventilation system recovers 70-80 percent of the energy in outgoing air and transfers it to the incoming fresh air. THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH UNIVERSITY OF WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY CAROLINA AT CHARLOTTE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA The University of North Carolina at Charlotte envisions its house as an urban infill project that meets the needs of both young professionals and empty nesters. The University of Southern California designed fluxHome to meet the needs of our fast-changing world. Inspired by its Appalachia culture and history, West Virginia University built PEAK - a self-sufficient house for a self-sufficient family. Innovative feature: The exterior is made of an innovative pre cast concrete construction that reduces the carbon footprint by 90 percent compared to conventional concrete. Innovative feature: An intuitive user interface monitors passive and active energy systems and can be controlled with with a smart phone or tablet. Innovative feature: A rooftop garden minimizes heat collection and water runoff while maximizing the usable area for growing vegetables. O ENERGY.GOV START

Solar Decathlon 2013: A Path to a Brighter Future

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Our latest infographic -- Solar Decathlon 2013: The Path to a Brighter Future -- takes a look at the teams competing in this year’s competition and highlights innovative design features in each of t...


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